Accession Number:

ADA261920

Title:

Supporting Desert Shield: An Analysis of the Response by the United States Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Stewart to Radical Environmental Change

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul 1990-Jul 1991

Corporate Author:

ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

306.0

Abstract:

On August 2, 1991, Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait. Within a week of the invasion, the United States had begun troop deployments to the region to defend Saudi Arabia from further Iraqi aggression. The operation, code named Desert Shield, would ultimately involve half a million American troops, among them, the 18,000 soldiers of the 24th Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia. This study discusses the deployment of the 24th Division and its impact on the United States Medical Department Activity MEDDAC at Fort Stewart. The deployment of the 24th Division marked the first full-scale deployment of a heavy Army division since the Korean War. The MEDDACs support of that deployment and of subsequent reserve mobilizations and deployments presented many unique situations. A number of these situations are discussed in this study, including employment of the Professional Officer Filler System PROFIS, use of backfill physicians, integration of an Army Reserve augmentation hospital, medical support of Soldier Readiness Processing SRP, conduct of deployability medical evaluations, and the activities of various elements of the MEDDAC staff in support of Operation Desert Shield.

Subject Categories:

  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE